Does anyone desire to engage in wrong-thinking? Of course not. So, let’s take a quick look at what right-thinking is all about.
Naturally, we can think rightly about many things. To get straight to the point, therefore, let’s focus on what is the most important subject about which to think.
In his book, The Knowledge of the Holy, A.W. Tozer writes, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us. It is impossible to keep our moral practices sound and our inward attitudes right while our idea of God is erroneous or inadequate.” With these two short sentences the focus on right-thinking about God becomes obvious.
St. Paul, in 2 Corinthians 10:5, guides us to what is right-thinking:
We are demolishing arguments and ideas, every high-and-mighty philosophy that pits itself against the knowledge of the one true God. We are taking prisoners of every thought, every emotion, and subduing them into obedience to the Anointed One.
The Voice Bible Translation
Next, Isaiah points us to how to achieve right-thinking.
Lift up your eyes on high
King James Version
Isaiah’s instruction is both literal and figurative. It is figurative in the sense that we must elevate our approach to right-thinking in all areas, discarding what is mundane, trivial, and self-serving. It is literal in this sense:
“Learn to associate ideas worthy of God with all that happens in Nature – the sunrises and the sunsets, the sun and the stars, the changing seasons, and your imagination will never be at the mercy of your impulses, but will always be at the service of God.” Oswald Chambers, From My Utmost for His Highest Classic Edition
Isaiah now wraps up these thoughts with the blessing of peace gained through right-thinking:
You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind [both its inclination and its character] is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You.
Amplified Bible, Classic Edition
Here is my concluding prayer:
Today I will use my imagination—my mind—to visualize my God, not my problems; to replenish spiritual energy by mentally bringing each thought into captivity to Christ; to use creation to take my focus from idols which starve our minds of God.
For your further reading:
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